Thursday, June 29, 2006

Saw 3 teaser poster is gross


I still haven't seen Saw 2 yet. The first Saw was mildy fun but it's the type of film that you never need to see twice once you know the big "twist" (e.g., The 6th Sense). This will be a good trilogy for Horrorthon 2006, though, and Octopunk has promised a thorough review of the series, right Octopunk, huh, huh?

9 comments:

Octopunk said...

Sigh, yeah. I feel the need to catalogue the torture genre films, so that's the Saw flicks, Hostel and uh...The Waterboy?

Seriously, aren't there more of these? Or do I just think so because half the horror posters that come out are in Saw's "grimy" style?

JPX said...

Don't forget about Wolf Creek and The Hills Have Eyes remake.

Octopunk said...

Okay, there's the crux of my question right there. Are those Torture flicks like Saw and Hostel or just Crazy Hillbilly flicks that look like they're torture flicks because there's a ton of yucky, smeary crap all over the poster images? By that standard, the that video game movie Stay Alive would be in the same category.

Or, is this just a trend in horror movies? Has the "beautiful squalor" look and intense violence of 7 just become the standard? Is High Tension in this group as well, even though it's more of a Crazy Killer flick?

Discuss!

JPX said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, good question. I guess I always lump those kids-car-breaks-down-in-a-desolate-place movies with "torture" films. For example, I think of Texas Chainsaw Massacre as being a torture film. I don't know anything about Stay Alive, although I have a copy of it. I like to keep the horror categories somewhat parsimonious. I would put House of a 1000 Corpses in the torture category. High Tension? I'd say it's a torture movie. Slashers have to do with stalking while torture has to do with capture.

Octopunk said...

Yeah, okay, that all makes sense if you count the psychological torture. When you think about it, that's really what Saw is about, too, although there's lots of corpsey stuff.

"I like to keep the horror categories somewhat parsimonious." I had to look up parsimonious. You like to be thrifty with the categories? Like you don't want too many categories or you don't want to let untested films like Stay Alive into a category like Torture just because of its poster?

JPX said...

Yeah I think we should keep the categories as broad as possible. I think we created a list of a while back (e.g., devil worship, slasher, ghost, etc) but I'm not sure I have it anymore. Perhaps this year in addition to our ratings we could make a notation regarding the film's catgory (e.g., Halloween (1978)***** [slasher])?

Octopunk said...

Nah, that's just annoying. But re-doing that list might be a good idea.

JPX said...

You're annoying!

Summerisle said...

Other torture movies to consider for this year: Last House on the Left and the Sadist. DEFINITELY check out the Sadist, you'll never forget it. I personally hated Last House on the Left but it's almost the torture movie prototype.